Moses Mabhida to host two Legends teams

2013-10-04 00:00

ROBBIE Fowler, Steve McManaman, Dietmar Hamann, Gary McAllister, John Barnes and Bruce Grobbelaar are among the Liverpool Legends who will take on the Kaizer Chiefs Legends in an exhibition match at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 16, it was confirmed yesterday.

The match will form part of a three-day tour of KwaZulu-Natal in what is the Liverpool Legends’ first tour outside of the United Kingdom.

Barnes was a part of the Liverpool first team that toured South Africa in 1994, and he said that he remembers that time well.

“It is appropriate that we are coming to South Africa, given that we were here in ’94,” he said yesterday. “I remember a lot of the boys back then being surprised at the quality of South African football, but I wasn’t. I knew guys like Doctor Khumalo so I wasn’t surprised at all.”

Khumalo was one of the selectors involved in assembling the Chiefs side for the match – a task he says wasn’t easy.

“We made sure that the weight of the players was the main criteria in our selection,” joked the Bafana Bafana icon. “But it wasn’t easy. There are a lot of players who have played for Chiefs over the years.”

Among the Chiefs squad are local legends Khumalo, Lucas Radebe, Brian Baloyi, Ace Khuse, Arthur Zwane, Neil Tovey, Shoes Mosheuo and Shaun Bartlett.

Khumalo added that the match would be a fantastic opportunity for young football fans to learn something about the history of the game.

“We have had some great players in our history and for those that never saw them play in their prime, this is the perfect opportunity for a father to take his son to the game and for him to learn,” said Khumalo. “These are two great teams with great histories and a very large support base in South Africa.”

The match has been snapped up by SABC, who will broadcast the 2 pm kick-off live. Tickets range between R45 – R90.

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